Archive for 'Blog'

Are Your Diligent or a Dilettante?

Posted by:

speech smarts diligence Podcast

What we hope ever to do with ease,
we must learn first to do with diligence.
– Samuel Johnson

It’s hard to be consistent and earnest when we want to improve ourselves.  We are tempted to cram for exams and presentations.  A fake it ‘til you make it philosophy is just that, fake.  Do you hope that getting it done doesn’t require you to prepare?  Diligence is a habit.  It is what transforms ...

Continue Reading →
0

Does Your Direction Disgust You?

Posted by:

Speech Smarts Disgust Podcast

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

Disgust can be your greatest friend.  Revulsion which reverberates through your gut is impossible to ignore.  It is an emotional command to remove yourself or resolve the offense immediately.  It is a visceral lesson in avoidance.  However, when you are disgusted with yourself, no matter how hard you try, you cannot avoid yourself.   So when you feel disgust’s putrid paw on ...

Continue Reading →
0

What’s Lying In Your Web?

Posted by:

Have you ever told a lie?  Never. Oh, really?  Well, maybe once or twice as a kid, but it was a little one just to avoid being punished or to keep a friend out of trouble.  The truth is that we are all liars at one point or another.  If the point of your communication is to deceive, then you should be concerned.  Don’t worry about getting caught, worry about what you are already caught up in.  Lying distorts reality ...

Continue Reading →
0

Are Your Memorials Present?

Posted by:

What do ornately carved blocks of granite and marble say to you?  Perhaps a few words in commemoration of the life that has passed. If it was someone you knew and loved, it is doubtful that the cold stone can ever warm your heart.  Year after year millions of us travel thousands of miles to see, touch and take an obligatory snapshot in front of national monuments and memorials.  The events and the people who lived them are long gone. ...

Continue Reading →
0

Feature Image

Posted by:

Feature Image

Aenean lacinia bibendum nulla sed consectetur. Sed posuere consectetur est at lobortis. Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Morbi leo risus, porta ac consectetur ac, vestibulum at eros. Nullam id dolor id nibh ultricies vehicula ut id elit. Aenean lacinia bibendum nulla sed consectetur.

Continue Reading →
0

Featured Image Link to Google

Posted by:

Featured Image Link to Google

Clicking on the Feature Image will redirect you to Google.

Continue Reading →
0

Is Forgetfulness a Zen Moment?

Posted by:

Zen monks spend their lives learning how to make their minds go blank at will.  The moment an aspiring speaker stands before an audience their mind will go blank.   Unless you want to be a monk this is not a Zenful experience.  Forgetting what you are going to say is as frightening as it is inevitable.    Whether it is your opening remarks, your detailed notes or even your own name, you will forget something sometime.    Befriend your forgetfulness.  Forget about ...

Continue Reading →
0

How Confident is Your Kindness?

Posted by:

Are you suspicious when a stranger is kind to you?  Perhaps you don’t want to be taken advantage of, or feel obligated.  Yet, the experience of kindness is one of the supreme social pleasures, because it is mutually beneficial.  When you say or do something kind it helps to put it in context.  You can create context by clearly communicating your motivation, your offer and your expectations. Savvy speakers make the effort to turn natural suspicion into a confident connection.

Acts ...

Continue Reading →
0
Page 3 of 13 12345...»